“Great Native Alternatives to Traditional Yard Plants”

A Presentation by Robin KobalyBotanist, Executive Director of
The SummerTree Institute
for Desert Area Master Garden Class– UC Cooperative Extension,
as part of  their 18-week Master Gardener Trainee Course

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 | 9:30 – 12:15 pm
 UCR Palm Desert | 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019
  • Presentation 9:30 – 12:15 pm
  • UCR Palm Desert 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211
  • Not open to the Public ~ however, you may sign up for a future Master Gardener course! (see below)
A bounty of southwest native plants are available to beautify your desert yard, using less water, less fertilizers, and bringing more wildlife into your yard.

A bounty of southwest native plants are available to beautify your desert yard, attracting beneficial songbirds while requiring less water, less fertilizers, and less maintenance.

A surprising variety of native plants can be used as alternatives to traditional exotic plants in solving your landscape challenges and fulfilling your landscape dreams. Using displays and samples of local native plants, Robin will show star-performing southern-California native plant alternatives, with a focus on Coachella Valley native plants, to replace common exotic ornamental landscape choices. You will find that you don’t have to settle on only the common, traditional choices to address your yard issues, but instead you’ll discover a wide pallet of alternative choices, many that grow in our own desert valleys and mountains. These native plants supply food, nectar, and shelter for our songbirds, both resident and migrating, so planting them adds to the health and stability of our environment. These “alter-natives” include some of the sturdiest, longest lived, and most water-wise plants available, requiring very little water, no pesticides, and no fertilizers. As an added bonus, some of these attractive plants can be used for beverages, snacks, healing remedies, home décor, and art, information which Robin will share, as well as local sources for these “Alter-Native” plants.

The Master Gardener Program includes an 18-week (50 hour) course to prepare graduates to fulfill their obligation of volunteering 50 hours each, supplying research-based objective gardening information to the general public.  Graduates accomplish this via email and phone helplines; teaching workshops on sustainable landscaping; growing food in backyard, community and school gardens; and in many other ways. The course covers topics specific to desert horticulture. The next 18-week class will begin in November at UCR Palm Desert. For more information about enrollment, course tuition, and schedule, contact Rosa Olaiz at rmolaiz@ucanr.edu.  Rosa is the Volunteer Coordinator for both the Master Gardener’s Desert and Riverside programs.

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Channel Islands Adventure

Travel with Robin on a short journey to a distant world…
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The Channel Islands Expedition
Sponsored by The SummerTree Institute
September 18 – 21, 2019

~ We invite you to join us for this unforgettable, four-day adventure on board a comfortable vessel, the Vision. Aboard ship, we will be surrounded by abundant and diverse ocean life that includes whales, dolphins, seals, and a variety of colorful fish, whose stories will be told by veteran Expeditions Director, Doug Thompson. On land, botanist Robin Kobaly will guide you through natural habitats and endemic plants that time has passed by on these remote islands…

Discover California as it was centuries ago…

Hiking through Santa Cruz Island’s woodlands

If you are yearning for an unforgettable adventure, we invite you to join Robin, Doug, and the staff of The SummerTree Institute for a four-day adventure to the Channel Islands, one of the most isolated, unique, and beautiful island chains in the world — only 25 miles from Southern California’s busy coastline, but a world away.

With a comfortable 85-foot vessel serving as home base, we will visit three of the magnificent islands: Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel Islands, exploring their stunning natural diversity on land and sea. This is our sixth expedition to the magical Channel Islands. We will explore many sea caves, including Painted Cave, one of the largest sea caves known. Whether walking on pristine beaches, kayaking in beautiful coves, stand-up paddling along natural coastlines, snorkling in bountiful underwater “Marine Protected Areas”, or hiking on trails used by ancient Chumash Indians, you will be transported into another world.

The Beautiful Channel Islands ~

Exploring sea caves by kayak

Exploring sea caves by kayak

Be transported to the California of centuries past, where the only footprints will be yours and the wildlife’s. Hike, snorkel, kayak, stand-up paddle, swim, whale watch, or just laze on the boat – you will be enchanted with whatever activities you choose. Between adventures, all of your meals will be lovingly prepared  from fresh ingredients, with choices for various tastes and diets.

Expedition Details ~

For more information about this exciting adventure, please call The SummerTree Institute office at 760-363-7229,  see our  Channel Islands Expedition announcement, or visit www.summertree.org/encounter-nature/channel-island-expeditions.

You may also email our expedition leader, Doug Thompson, at doug@summertree.org.

 

Explore kelp beds, sea caves, island coastlines…and more!

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Walking San Miguel Island’s sandy beach

  • WHEN: 4 days & 4 nights, from boarding on Tuesday evening, September 17, after 8 pm, until returning late afternoon on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
  • WHERE: The boat leaves from Santa Barbara Harbor.
  • PRICE: Entire expedition: $975 per person; $300 deposit is required to hold your reservation.
    $200 per person is tax-deductible for this expedition (The SummerTree Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization).
  • SIGN UP NOW: Since this trip always fills up quickly, we encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible. We hope you are able to join us!
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Join Our Next Class ~

Hardy and helpful southwest desert plants can add richness to your kitchen, your medicine chest, your home, and your garden, as well as enhancing the  lives of your neighborhood songbirds and wildlife.  Our classes and workshops show you easy, fun, and healthy ways to incorporate our native plants into your life. Come enjoy learning with us!

Healing, Helpful, & Edible Southwest Native Plants:
How to Grow, Harvest, & Prepare Them
with Robin Kobaly

Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 2018 | 12:30 – 4:30 pm

4-Hour Workshop at The Plant Yoda’s Den

Great fun, lots of demonstrations, samples, and displays!

PresenterRobin KobalyBotanist, Founder and President of
The Power of Plants, and Executive Director of  The SummerTree Institute

  • Saturday November 3, 2018
                   12:30 – 4:30 pm

  • The Plant Yoda’s Den
                   Morongo Valley, CA 92256 ~ Directions sent upon registration

  • Workshop registration includes:

                  ~ 4-hour workshop with displays & demonstrations

                  ~ Hands-on plant specimens for identification

                  ~ Helpful handouts

                  ~ Samples served for edible plants

  • Workshop Fee: $55

                  ~ Enrollment is limited. Please reserve early to assure your spot.

This four-hour workshop offers a fascinating look at ancient and traditional uses of desert medicinal and food plants, and presents ways to adapt those uses to fit today’s needs. Find out why these powerful native plants’ survival strategies make them so useful to us today. Explore which native food and healing plants can be used successfully and safely, and explore the many other benefits of growing these amazing herbal remedies, edible harvests, and utilitarian providers in your own yard. This popular workshop includes demonstrations and samples, plus tips on identifying and growing each plant, as well as discussions about harvesting native plant species in a respectful and sustainable way.

Join us in the intimate setting of the unique and creative “Plant Yoda’s Den”, the home where Robin grew up, and where her mother, Babs Kobaly, taught her own native plant use classes for forty years. Babs had transformed her home into part apothecary, part art-house, and part fantasy world for her grandchildren, reflecting her passions as a native plant teacher, fanciful artist, and playful kid-lover.  In honor of her late mother, the great room of Babs’ home has been remodeled to open it up for classes and workshops on the very topics that she and Babs researched together as Robin grew up.

We invite you to experience this legendary locale as we introduce you to our desert native plants through an immersive approach — through smell, taste, touch, and sight — all with accounts of each plant’s special gifts and traditional powers that can be incorporated into modern-day life. Workshop participants will explore hardy and helpful wild desert plants that can add richness to your kitchen, your medicine chest, your home, and your garden, as well as enhancing the lives of your neighborhood wildlife.

It’s fun learning how our native desert plants can serve as food, beverages, art, musical instruments, utensils, and healing remedies for humans. Each workshop is unique, as we include native plants that are in season at that time, so we can sample flower buds, blossoms, fruit, roots, shoots, and seeds that are ready for harvest at that time. You will look at our desert native plants with a new perspective after experiencing this comprehensive workshop.


To reserve your space
, or for more information
about this event:

Call The Power of Plants (760) 363-1166

Or email robin@powerofplants.com

You may reserve your space and enroll now in the workshop:


# of Participants


(Note: Purchases made with a non-PayPal credit card may post to your statement
as a purchase made in San Jose, PayPal’s corporate office)

You may also reserve your space and enroll by sending a check for $55 to:
The Power of Plants
P.O. Box 800
Morongo Valley, CA 92256

Note: Please call or email us before sending your check to make sure we reserve your spot. Workshops fill up very fast.

Click flyer to view full-size

Check out our other events and workshops!  

Hardy and helpful southwest desert plants can add richness to your kitchen, your medicine chest, your home, and your garden, as well as enhancing the  lives of your neighborhood songbirds and wildlife. Our eco-discovery nature tours share with you traditional and modern ways to incorporate our native plants into your life. Come enjoy learning with us!

Eco-Discovery Tour of
Smith Creek in Cherry Valley
with Robin Kobaly

 

“Discovering the Remarkable Uses
of Our Southwest Native Plants”

Sunday, June 10, 2018 ~ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

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  • Sunday June 10, 2018
                   10:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Highland Springs Resort – Cherry Valley
                   10600 Highland Springs Avenue, Cherry Valley, CA 92223

  • With Robin KobalyBotanist, wildlife biologist

  • Free with your admission to the Lavender Festival

     

    Take a leisurely walk with Robin under majestic live oaks as you learn about the intriguing lives of the native plants, birds, and other wildlife that cross our path during this 2-hour excursion along Smith Creek, a shady riparian woodland lined with Coast Live Oaks, willows, elderberry, and more. Smith Creek flows through the 2400-acre Highland Springs Resort in Cherry Valley, and has provided water to the resort since its early days as a ranch and stage coach stop. Robin will focus on uses of trail-side native plants for food, healing, and utilitarian uses. Also revealed will be the underground, unseen connection between the oaks and all the plants in the community that sustains the entire ecosystem. Birds and other wildlife will be identified, and Robin will tell their interesting natural history stories.

    June 7-10 & June 14-17, 2018

    10 am – 5 pm (Thursday & Sunday)
    10 am – 8 pm (Friday & Saturday)

     

    2018 Admission prices for the festival are as follows:

    Adults (18-64 years)            $8

    Seniors (65+ years)              $6

    Students (13-17 years)         $6

        Children (12 and under)    FREE


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or more information
about this event:

 


Check out our other events and workshops!

Hardy and helpful southwest desert plants can add richness to your kitchen, your medicine chest, your home, and your garden, as well as enhancing the  lives of your neighborhood songbirds and wildlife.  Our classes and workshops show you easy, fun, and healthy ways to incorporate our native plants into your life. Come enjoy learning with us!

Southwest Native Plants
for Food, Fun, & Healing
with Robin Kobaly

Saturday, May 19th, 2018 | 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Workshop Full

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4-Hour Workshop at The Plant Yoda’s Den

Great fun, lots of demonstrations, samples, and displays!

 

PresenterRobin KobalyBotanist, Founder and President of
The Power of Plants, and Executive Director of  The SummerTree Institute

  • Saturday May 19, 2018
                   12:30 – 4:30 pm

  • The Plant Yoda’s Den
                   Morongo Valley, CA 92256 ~ Directions sent upon registration

  • Workshop registration includes:

                  ~ 4-hour workshop with displays & demonstrations

                  ~ Hands-on plant specimens for identification

                  ~ Helpful handouts

                  ~ Samples served for edible plants

  • Fee: $45

                  ~ Enrollment is limited. Please reserve early to assure your spot.

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Join us in the intimate setting of the unique and creative “Plant Yoda’s Den”, the home where Robin grew up, and where her mother, Babs Kobaly, taught her own native plant use classes for forty years. Babs had transformed her home into part apothecary, part art-house, and part fantasy world for her grandchildren, reflecting her passions as a native plant teacher, fanciful artist, and playful kid-lover.  In honor of her late mother, the great room of Babs’ home has been remodeled to open it up for classes and workshops on the very topics that she and Babs researched together as Robin grew up.

We invite you to experience this legendary locale as we introduce you to our desert native plants through an immersive approach — through smell, taste, touch, and sight — all with accounts of each plant’s special gifts and traditional powers that can be incorporated into modern-day life. Workshop participants will explore hardy and helpful wild desert plants that can add richness to your kitchen, your medicine chest, your home, and your garden, as well as enhancing the lives of your neighborhood wildlife.

This four-hour workshop offers a fascinating look at ancient and traditional uses of desert medicinal and food plants, and presents ways to adapt those uses to fit today’s needs. Find out why these powerful native plants’ survival strategies make them so useful to us today. Explore which native food and healing plants can be used successfully and safely, and explore the many other benefits of growing these amazing herbal remedies, edible harvests, and utilitarian providers in your own yard. This popular workshop includes demonstrations and samples, plus tips on identifying each plant, as well as discussions about harvesting native plant species in a respectful and sustainable way.

It’s fun learning how our native desert plants can serve as food, beverages, art, musical instruments, utensils, and healing remedies for humans. Each workshop is unique, as we include native plants that are in season at that time, so we can sample flower buds, blossoms, fruit, roots, shoots, and seeds that are ready for harvest at that time. You will look at our desert native plants with a new perspective after experiencing this comprehensive workshop.


To reserve your space
, or for more information
about this event:

Call The Power of Plants (760) 363-1166

Or email robin@powerofplants.com

You may reserve your space and enroll now in the workshop:


# of Participants



(Note: Purchases made with a non-PayPal credit card may post to your statement
as a purchase made in San Jose, PayPal’s corporate office)

You may also reserve your space and enroll by sending a check for $45 to:
The Power of Plants
P.O. Box 800
Morongo Valley, CA 92256

Note: Please call or email us before sending your check to make sure we reserve your spot. Workshops fill up very fast.

Click flyer to view full-size

Check out our other events and workshops!  

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Joy of Gardening Class

Beautiful, drought-tolerant southwest desert plants can add richness and enjoyment to your garden, supplement your edible garden offerings, and enhance the  lives of your neighborhood songbirds and wildlife. Learn how to plant, irrigate, and care for your native plant garden, with inspiring classroom instruction inside, then move outside into a “nearly native” demonstration garden, with over a hundred examples of mature desert native plants.  Our classes and workshops show you easy, fun, and healthy ways to incorporate our native plants into your life. Come enjoy learning with us!

The Joy of Gardening
with Desert Native Plants
with Robin Kobaly

Saturday, March 24th | 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Workshop Full

 

 

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4-Hour Workshop

The Plant Yoda’s Den & Songbird Cottage Demonstration Garden

Inspiring classroom presentation and displays, plus a
guided tour through our on-site native plant demonstration garden

 

PresenterRobin Kobaly—Botanist, Founder and President of
The Power of Plants, and Executive Director of The SummerTree Institute

 

  • Saturday March 24, 2018 – Workshop Full

                   12:30 – 4:30 pm

     

  • The Plant Yoda’s Den (classroom) & Songbird Cottage Demonstration Garden (tour)

                   Morongo Valley, CA 92256
                   Directions sent upon registration

     

  • Workshop registration includes:

              ~ 4-hour workshop includes classroom & outdoor instruction

              ~ Hands-on plant specimens for identification

              ~ Helpful handouts

 

  • Fee: $45

              ~ Enrollment is limited. Please reserve early to assure your spot.

Robin teaching at Plant Yoda's Den_2819

We begin this workshop in the intimate setting of the unique and creative “Plant Yoda’s Den”, the home where Robin grew up, and where her mother, Babs Kobaly, taught her own native plant use classes for forty years. Babs had transformed her home into part apothecary, part art-house, and part fantasy world for her grandchildren, reflecting her passions as a native plant teacher, fanciful artist, and playful kid-lover.  In honor of her late mother, the great room of Babs’ home has been remodeled to open it up for classes and workshops on the very topics that she and Babs researched together as Robin grew up.

In the classroom, we will explore why native plants are the perfect choice for southwest homes, and why their adaptations are so important for a sustainable, enjoyable, and low-maintenance landscape. During our workshop, you will learn how to plant, irrigate, and care for your native plant garden. When we move outside to the half-acre demonstration garden, you will see over one hundred examples of mature desert native plants in an inviting home landscape setting, and view firsthand the many benefits of native plant gardening.

To reserve your space, or for more information
about this event:

 

 You may reserve your space and enroll now:

 


# of Participants



(Note: Purchases made with a non-PayPal credit card may post to your statement
as a purchase made in San Jose, PayPal’s corporate office)

You may also reserve your space (please email or call us first to ensure we still have spaces available) and enroll by sending a check for $45 to:

The Power of Plants
P.O. Box 800
Morongo Valley, CA 92256

Click flyer to view full-size

Check out our other events and workshops!